SURPRISE! Happy Birthday to Mayor Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh!

Something that was only months in the making, somehow still felt like a lifetime to build up to this moment. I count and thank my lucky stars for every opportunity that is offered to me and this one is one of my proudest. Not only was I asked to create a painting to commemorate the city of Pittsburgh's 200th anniversary, but also a surprise birthday gift to Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto.

Kait presenting her gift and oil painting of David L. Lawrence to Mayor Peduto

Kait presenting her gift and oil painting of David L. Lawrence to Mayor Peduto

We went back and forth for months on what exactly to paint, what the painting will be for, and what to do with it in the end. There were countless ideas, but we wanted it to be a perfect fit for the bicentennial and the celebration. When we found out that Mayor Peduto loved a picture of former Pittsburgh Mayor David L. Lawrence, we knew it was not only exactly what needed to be painted, but it would be fantastic to have it as a surprise birthday gift for the mayor. As an added bonus, it was also the 50th anniversary of David L. Lawrence's death on November 21 during the Pittsburgh Bicentennial year. It all aligned like as if it was meant to be.

The painting was done in oil paint and is 3ftx 4ft large. And coming from someone who's only 5'2 that's a big painting. On October 31st, a day after Mayor Peduto's birthday, the mayor's staff helped arrange and organize a surprise party and a private unveiling of the painting in city hall. Needless to say Bill was extremely surprised and loves the painting. Just in case you were wondering lol. HUGE thank you to the Mayor's staff for going out of their way, believing in me, and being a backbone of support of my dreams. Words cant express how proud I am to create a painting to celebrate the city I love. Happy birthday Bill and happy birthday Pittsburgh!

Painting of Mayor Peduto and City of Pittsburgh's birthday gift  Oil on Canvas 36in x48in 

Painting of Mayor Peduto and City of Pittsburgh's birthday gift

Oil on Canvas 36in x48in 

Live in Pittsburgh!

Check Out Kait's Live Painting Experience in Downtown Pittsburgh!

So, the other night - I was asked to participate in a live painting event at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. I usually don't take part in too many live painting events but every now and again I squeeze one in. I find that I love interacting and meeting people as they watch what most people don't get the opportunity to see me doing. At live events, I tend to focus on letting people inside my world while showing and talking about the piece rather than focusing on the actual painting. I think that's why I hold back from doing too many live events. I have a hard time letting go on not focusing or not having the time on how perfect I can make the painting. But I'm slowly letting it go. SLOWLY. I already have a few live painting events coming up this fall that I'm really looking forward to, but mostly getting the opportunity to meet and connect my art with people in person.

This event was held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh for the United Way's Tocqueville Society speed networking event. Due to the theme of "speed networking," our job as the artist were to demonstrate "speed painting."  Myself and three other talented artists were given a theme of the types of people the United Way of America helps and funds. We were only given 45 minutes to come up with our concept paintings, and at the end of the evening our paintings would be auctioned off and the proceeds were donated to the United Way. My theme this year was "Senior Citizens," so I chose the queen bee of them all and chose to paint a portrait of Estelle Getty as her character Sophia in Golden Girls. Everything was done in acrylic paint which is another thing out of my comfort zone, on an 18 x 24 inch canvas.

I had a great time at the event and I hope I made Estelle proud!

Kait mid painting Estelle Getty

Kait mid painting Estelle Getty

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Art Attack Pittsburgh

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See me in Sewickley!

Be Able to View and Purchase My Art in Sewickley!

Front Window Display at Sewickley Gallery and Framing

Front Window Display at Sewickley Gallery and Framing

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As of this past July, I have been fortunate to make personal connections and display my artwork at Sewickley Gallery and Frame Shop in Sewickley, Pa. If you happen to be in the area, you will be able to see my original oil paintings and the original "Pots and Pans" that was also displayed in the U. S Capitol Building. Don't be shy! Go inside and take a look at other artists work. If you're looking for beautiful, custom to your order framing for your treasured pictures or paintings I suggest you go to Sewickley Gallery. Make sure you ask for the owner Mark and tell him Kait sent you! He's incredibly nice and hands on with helping you find the right frame to make your piece even more special. And when you're done there take a stroll around the beautiful town and check out their local shops. Might I suggest the ice cream shop : )

549 Beaver St. Sewickley , PA 15143  Phone: (412) 741- 5858 

Time and Transformation!

See the Exciting Transformation of the Oil Painting " Shady" from Start to Finish!

"SHADY" FINAL  COMPLETED PIECE (ABOVE)                           Oil on Canvas, 20" by 15"

One of my favorite parts of painting, besides the final result, is to see the transformation photos of the progress throughout the painting process. In today's blog post, you will get to see the start of the painting "Shady" from the sketch on the canvas to the final piece - and every step in between. As with every painting I do, after sketching the image onto the canvas the next step is for me to "color block." Color blocking is a term for quickly coloring and filling in the image with solid colors. I like to think of color blocking as my map to help me guide my way of knowing what piece is what to my "painting puzzle." As you will see from the progression photos, I also like to paint section by section. The traditional way to paint is to paint the entire canvas completely layer by layer, but I guess we all have our ways of doing things differently. I feel painting section by section with full detail makes me feel like I'm accomplishing more faster. I hope you enjoy the painting process and get inspired seeing the house being "built" brick by brick!

If you or someone you know would like a commission painting completed by me please email Kaitschoeb@gmail.com and go to my commission link here to learn more about commissioned paintings!

Beginning stage of "Shady" painting with sketch still shown on the canvas.

Beginning stage of "Shady" painting with sketch still shown on the canvas.

"SHADY" #2 

"SHADY" #3

"SHADY" #3

"SHADY" #4

"SHADY" #5

"SHADY" #5

"SHADY #6"

"SHADY #6"

"SHADY" #7

"SHADY" #7

"SHADY" Final Completed Painting

"SHADY" Final Completed Painting

The beginning of "Shady......"

The beginning of "Shady......"

To the finished product!!

To the finished product!!